Comment on using the Dog Bowl for off-road bike trails by Friday

Several Overlook Neighborhood residents have shared concerns about the future of the Dog Bowl with the OKNA board in light of a draft city proposal to use the area for off-road bicycle trails. You can read the full draft report online. The draft report would recommend closing existing trails, habitat restoration and installing a loop trail for bikes.

The opportunity to comment in writing on the proposal – either for or against – ends Friday at 1 p.m. Submit written testimony (five pages or less) to the Parks Board by emailing it to Hailee.Vandiver@portlandoregon.gov. The Parks Board will consider written comments before making recommendations on the draft plan. The written comments also will be shared with the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, which is responsible for making revisions to the report.

Individuals also may try to testify at the Parks Board meeting on April 3, 3-5 p.m. at 1900 SW 4th Ave., 7th Floor, Conference Room 7A. Speaking slots are very limited, though, so the best opportunity is written testimony.

Effective written testimony will express how the proposal affects users, not simply express support or opposition without clear reasons.

The OKNA board will discuss this matter briefly at the neighborhood general meeting tonight. The meeting begins at 6:30 at the Kaiser Town Hall on N Interstate. We will decide whether to submit written testimony and have the chair attend the Parks Board meeting to try and testify in person.

The City Council will have final say over the plan and individual projects, so residents will have another chance to influence the decision in a few months. OKNA will keep you informed.

 

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 16)

1) Adidas expansion, traffic and more at the March neighborhood meeting
2) Greeley multi-use path
3) Willamette Boulevard Mobility Project
4) Overlook Eggstravaganza Easter egg hunt (March 31)
5) Take a safe ride home on St. Patrick’s Day


1) Adidas expansion, traffic and more at the March neighborhood meeting

Meet your neighbors at the monthly Overlook Neighborhood Association general meeting on Tuesday, March 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m. We’ll meet upstairs at Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave.).
This month, adidas will unveil its expansion plans that include two new buildings on its campus in the north part of the neighborhood. A Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) Representative will talk about the Greeley Avenue multi-use path plans (see below), and the Willamette Boulevard Mobility Project will talk about transportation safety (see further below).

Check out the full agenda.

2) Greeley multi-use path

Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has proposed build the N Greeley Multi-Use Path, a two-way, one-mile path on the east side of N Greeley Avenue from N Going Street to N Interstate Avenue. The two-way bicycle and pedestrian facility will be protected from vehicle traffic with continuous concrete barriers.

The PBOT capital project manager overseeing the project will join us at Tuesday’s OKNA general meeting to present it and answer questions.

N Greeley Avenue is a busy, high-speed road with heavy freight vehicle traffic. This project will protect cyclists and pedestrians behind a continuous concrete barrier connecting North Portland neighborhoods and businesses with the Rose Quarter. In addition, the project will widen the outside lanes to better accommodate truck traffic and increase the buffer between opposing traffic lanes.

Learn more about the project in advance of the meeting online.

3) Willamette Boulevard Mobility Project

Five Master of Urban and Regional Planning students at Portland State University are completing a capstone planning project for the Willamette Corridor Mobility Committee. The project objective is to develop a community-driven active transportation plan that improves safety and accessibility along the N Willamette Boulevard corridor that can be presented to the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) for implementation. The team will maintain contact with PBOT in order to ensure that the plan and outreach process are compatible with PBOT standards.

The outreach process aims to gather input from stakeholders, community representatives and residents who use the corridor, with some engagement activities targeted towards groups who are less often involved in the planning process (youth, people of color, low income, etc.). They will attend the OKNA general meeting on Tuesday as part of that engagement.

The team hopes to involve each of the peninsula’s neighborhood associations in the development of the plan, and would like to start by informing residents about the problem and process. This document provides an overview of the project so that residents can come to the meeting with a basic understanding of the issue and objective. This meeting will be a great opportunity for residents to meet the team, hear about where they are in the process, learn how to stay involved and informed, ask questions, and (time permitting) give some preliminary input. The team hopes to focus more on gathering input through engagement (brainstorming, mapping, etc.) activities at the April meeting. Residents will also have the opportunity to complete a survey that will be discussed at the upcoming meeting.

4) Overlook Eggstravaganza Easter egg hunt (March 31)

The Easter Bunny is running a little late this year, but he will be right on time as he hops by Overlook House soon in a couple of weeks. Bring your basket to find hundreds of eggs containing treats, treasures and tiny toys on the lawns of Overlook House (3839 N Melrose Dr.). If you discover one of 12 shining Golden Eggs, turn it in to win a special prize.

The hunt will take place on Saturday, March 31, promptly at 10:30 a.m, rain or shine, so wear your raincoat and rain boots if it’s wet. Don’t be late. This popular annual hunt is over in three winks of a bunny’s eye.

The Eggstravaganza is sponsored annually by the Friends of Overlook House especially for Overlook neighborhood children.

5) Take a safe ride home on St. Patrick’s Day

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will offer discounted taxi, Lyft and Uber rides on Saturday as part of it’s Safe Ride Home program for Portlanders celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. The Safe Ride Home initiative makes it easy to celebrate responsibly by providing Portlanders with discounted travel options.

The Safe Ride Home program is offering people the following discounted and inexpensive travel options on Saturday for St. Patrick’s Day:

  • Up to $20 savings on taxi rides with Radio Cab, Broadway Cab, Union Cab, New Rose City Cab, New Green Cab, PDX Yellow Cab and United Independent Cab. Coupons will be available for pickup on St. Patrick’s Day from participating businesses and Portland Police Bureau officers in the Central City.
  • A $5 savings on rides with Lyft and Uber. Riders can access the discount by entering a promo code into their apps. For Lyft, use promo code SAFERIDEHOME. For Uber, use promo code SAFERIDEPDX. Promo codes will be available beginning at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 17 through 4 a.m. on Sunday, March 18.
  • Take TriMet (only $2.50 for an adult pass for the bus or MAX) or Portland Streetcar ($2.00 for an adult pass).

Learn more.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 11)

1) Learn about adidas’ expansion plans
2) Show off your garden


1) Learn about adidas’ expansion plans

Overlook residents have been wondering for months what adidas has in store for its expansion at its North American Headquarters. The wait is nearly over. Adidas will share its plans at two upcoming meetings.

First, on Thursday, March 15, adidas invites immediate neighbors of the campus to attend special meeting for a preview of the plans. This meeting is for only people who live adjacent to the campus. It will start at 6 p.m. in the yellow building. An adidas employee will meet neighbors at the door and direct them to the conference room.

Then, at the OKNA General Meeting on Tuesday, March 20, adidas officials will join the entire neighborhood to share its plans. That meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be at the Kaiser Town Hall. Check out next week’s update for a full agenda for the meeting.

If you are not an immediate neighbor who lives within one block of the adidas campus, please wait five days for the general meeting. The Thursday meeting is for adidas to engage with the people who might be most directly impacted by the expansion and construction.

2) Show off your garden

East Multnomah Soil, Water and Conservation District is organizing its 2018 Naturescaped Yard Tour, which will take place on Saturday, May 12. Does your yard show the hard work of a DIY gardener? Have you combined naturescaping ideas, stormwater features and native plants into your landscape? Even if only part of your yard is ready to show, EMSWCD wants to know about it. Hosting is a fun way to share your naturescaping experience with other gardening fans.

To apply, fill out their online questionnaire. If your garden is selected as a potential stop on the tour Yard Tour Organizer Angela will contact you in late March to schedule a visit to your yard. Deadline to apply is March 18.

The district also is looking for tour volunteers. Learn more here.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (March 4)

1) Parking permits and graffiti
2) Keep your cars locked
3) Sunday Parkways – Save the dates
4) Justice for Brian Spaulding
5) OKNA Board meeting


1) Parking permits and graffiti

At the March 1 Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting (postponed from Feb. 20), neighborhood residents discussed whether we should apply for a Portland Bureau of Transportation parking permit pilot program. After a robust discussion about the pros and cons, neighbors decided not to apply. We’ll let other neighborhoods try things out and see what works.

Neighbors at the meeting also voted to submit a letter of support for the city’s graffiti abatement program. The Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s budget proposal lists it as something it will cut if asked to reduce its budget in the next fiscal year. Read the full letter.

2) Keep your cars locked

Security for adidas patrol their campus, and they try to keep an eye on surrounding streets. During a patrol on a recent night, the security team saw a homeless individual entering a neighbors vehicle. They contacted Portland Police who soon arrived on the scene. Because there were no signs of damage, the responding officer sent the individual on his way.

Thank you to adidas security for helping keep the neighborhood safe. The owner of the vehicle no doubt would have been quite surprised in the morning to find someone sleeping in the backseat.

Everyone should remember that we live in a city. Most people you encounter on the streets are friendly, but a few people will take advantage of an unlocked door, and some of them will do more than sleep. Remember to keep your vehicles locked and not to leave anything valuable visible.

3) Sunday Parkways – Save the dates

It’s almost summer time and that means it’s time to hit the streets of Portland for another round of Sunday Parkways. During these events, the Portland Bureau of Transportation shuts down local streets to vehicles. Bikers and pedestrians can move at their own pace, exploring neighborhoods and seeing special presentations and activities at stops.

Sunday Parkways will return to North Portland on June 24 and passes through part of Overlook. The 9.5 mile double loop will include Peninsula Park Rose Gardens, Harper’s Playground, Kenton Park and McCoy Park, as well. Mark your calendar now.

4) Justice for Brian Spaulding

Brian Spaulding, son of OKNA Board Member George Spaulding, was shot and killed last year. The detectives working his case found no evidence of robbery and have very little to go off of. Neighbors interviewed stated that they had heard no gunshots and were perplexed and in disbelief.

Whether Brian was outside working on his motorcycle or building a forge, he always had a smile and a wave for passersby.

Brian’s family and friends are more than three-quarters of the way to raising $20,000 to supplement a Crime Stoppers of Oregon reward for information leading to the arrest of the perpetrators. Learn more about how you can support their effort to bring Justice For Brian Spaulding at their GoFundMe page.

5) OKNA Board meeting

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Overlook House. The agenda includes a discussion about the heritage tree on Overlook Terrace and a Bylaws Review Committee. The meeting is open to the public.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Feb. 24)

1) Rescheduled OKNA General Meeting (March 1)
2) Crossing Greeley at adidas
3) Visitors to adidas on Tuesday evening (Feb. 27)
4) Help update OKNA’s bylaws


1) Rescheduled OKNA General Meeting (March 1)

The February Overlook Neighborhood General Meeting was postponed due to snow this week. We will gather on Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 p.m. at the Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave.). At the meeting, we will hear from developers with proposals in the neighborhood, discuss whether to apply for a pilot street parking permit program and sending a letter to the city supporting the Graffiti Abatement Program. See the revised agenda for details.

2) Crossing Greeley at adidas

Adidas message to employees.

Overlook neighbors know how busy N Greeley Avenue gets, especially in the morning and afternoon weekday rush hours. The light at the adidas campus is a choke point, especially when pedestrians use it instead of the footbridge. Pedestrians and bicyclists should try to use the footbridge whenever possible. It’s safer and it allows traffic to flow more smoothly.

Adidas officials sent a note to employees urging them to do the same.

3) Visitors to adidas on Tuesday evening (Feb. 27)

Fans of the Portland Timbers will gather at the adidas campus on Tuesday evening for a signing event with one of the team’s stars. The Timbers Army issued 250 tickets to members for the event, and each ticket is good for up to two people. Expect some additional traffic and parking on Tuesday starting about 6 p.m. around the adidas campus.

4) Help update OKNA’s bylaws

The Overlook Neighborhood Association seeks residents to serve on a Bylaws Review Committee to review our governing document and suggest changes. We hope residents will bring diverse views to this short-term project that should wrap up by summer.

If you’re interested in participating, send an email to chair@overlookneighborhood.org by Wednesday, Feb. 28 describing yourself and why you’re interested.

Any bylaws changes will go to the membership for a vote before adoption.

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OKNA MEETING TONIGHT CANCELED

Due to forecast inclement weather, the Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20 has been canceled.

We have rescheduled the meeting for Thursday, March 1 at 6:30 at the Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave.). We will include a revised agenda with the weekly update this weekend.

Stay safe and stay warm out there.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Feb. 17)

1) Micro-apartments proposed for Overlook Neighborhood
2) Street parking permits and more at OKNA general meeting
3) N Greeley multi-use path
4) Pools open on President’s Day
5) Apply now for dual language immersion programs


1) Micro-apartments proposed for Overlook Neighborhood

A development group has proposed building a five-story micro-apartment building with one retail space on the ground floor at 5134 N Interstate Ave. It will include 61 apartments ranging in size from 202 square feet to 243 square feet. The project will include no parking.

The projects architect will present the proposal and answer questions at Tuesday’s Overlook Neighborhood Association meeting (see below.) You can view the neighborhood notification, which includes a site plan, by clicking here.

2) Street parking permits and more at OKNA general meeting

The Overlook Neighborhood Association will hold its monthly general meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Kaiser Town Hall (3704 N Interstate Ave.). We’ll hear from developers of micro-apartments on N Interstate (see above), developers of projects at 2054 N Killingsworth and 5833 N Maryland.

We’ll also discuss whether Overlook should apply to participate in a pilot street parking permit program. Neighbors have suggested the areas close to Max stops and around adidas as possible sites.

View the full agenda.

3) N Greeley multi-use path

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is proposing to build the N Greeley multi-use path, a two-way, one-mile path on the east side of N Greeley Avenue from N Going Street to N Interstate Avenue. The two-way bicycle and pedestrian facility will be protected from vehicle traffic with continuous concrete barriers.

N Greeley Avenue is a busy, high-speed road with heavy freight vehicle traffic. This project will protect cyclists and pedestrians behind a continuous concrete barrier connecting North Portland neighborhoods and businesses with the Rose Quarter. In addition, the project will widen the outside lanes to better accommodate truck traffic and increase the buffer between opposing traffic lanes.

Contact Project Manager Nicole Peirce with questions at Nicole.Peirce@portlandoregon.gov.

4) Pools open on President’s Day

Portland Parks & Recreation pools are offering family swim and open play swim sessions on Monday, the President’s Day holiday, when many area schools do not hold classes. Sure, it might be cold outside, but it will be warmer, wetter and more fun in the pool house. Columbia Pool in North Portland and Matt Dishman Pool in Northeast will be open. Admission is $3.50 for youth and $4.50 for adults.

Columbia will be open 10-1 for family swim and 4-8 p.m. for open swim. Dishman will be open 1:15-3:45 for open swim. Open swims are for all ages. Non-swimmers and children under 48 inches tall must be supervised in the water by an adult swimmer. During Family Swim sessions, children must be accompanied in the water by their parent or guardian.

5) Apply now for dual language immersion programs

Dual language immersion education provides social, cognitive and academic benefits to children and prepares them to be successful in a competitive, global society. Portland Public Schools offers free programs in five languages: Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Vietnamese. Our own Overlook neighborhood school, Beach Elementary, houses the Spanish program.

The lottery period for fall kindergartners to enroll in a dual language immersion program opened on Wednesday and continues through March 2. Late entry for students in grades 1-12 is by petition. Apply and learn more on the official website.

While Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin programs often have long wait lists, the Vietnamese program is newer and therefore has more opportunity for enrollment. It will be housed at Rose City Park in NE Portland next year. Native and non-native Vietnamese families looking for a challenging, engaging and highly beneficial language and social program should apply.

An Overlook family with a kindergartener in the Vietnamese program this year is happy to answer questions about it and is available to form study groups, act as carpool partners and provide general support for families interested. Please contact Sarah Tran (st.tran@gmail.com) if you’d like to discuss the Vietnamese program with an Overlook family.

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Enrollment open for dual-language schools

Dual language immersion education provides social, cognitive and academic benefits to children and prepares them to be successful in a competitive, global society. Portland Public Schools offers free programs in five languages: Spanish, Japanese, Mandarin, Russian and Vietnamese. Our own Overlook neighborhood school, Beach Elementary, houses the Spanish program.

The lottery period for fall kindergartners to enroll in a dual language immersion program opened on Wednesday and continues through March 2. Late entry for students in grades 1-12 is by petition. Apply and learn more on the official website.

While Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin programs often have long wait lists, the Vietnamese program is newer and therefore has more opportunity for enrollment. It will be housed at Rose City Park in NE Portland next year. Native and non-native Vietnamese families looking for a challenging, engaging and highly beneficial language and social program should apply.

An Overlook family with a kindergartener in the Vietnamese program this year is happy to answer questions about it and is available to form study groups, act as carpool partners and provide general support for families interested. Please contact Sarah Tran (st.tran@gmail.com) if you’d like to discuss the Vietnamese program with an Overlook family.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Feb. 11)

1) Residential parking permit pilot project
2) Help updated OKNA’s bylaws
3) Trillium Charter School is enrolling students for fall
4) Winter fruit tree pruning
5) Become a stormwater star
6) Do you know a North Portland hero?
7) Don’t forget to pay the arts tax


1) Residential parking permit pilot project

The Portland Bureau of Transportation seeks neighborhoods to participate in two parking permit pilot projects. Should Overlook apply?

The Area Parking Permit (APP) Program was established in 1981 to help residents in non-metered areas address parking demand in their neighborhood due to commuters. This is done through a permit system that limits those commuters who don’t live or work in that area. Those who do have businesses or live in the area may apply to purchase a permit, allowing parking beyond the visitor limit.

These pilots will assist the city to determine what works and what doesn’t for implementing a new zone. The rules could include limiting the total number of permits in an area, limiting permits issued per residence or charging a permit surcharge to be re-invested into the APP zone to reduce parking demand.

Key criteria for consideration:

  • The area requesting the Area Parking Permit zone must work through its neighborhood association or business district association.
  • The city must agree, based on data collection, that on-street parking spaces in the area are 75 percent occupied at least four days per week.
  • The city traffic engineer must agree that the Area Parking Permit zone would promote benefits within the designated area that may include reduced traffic congestion and increased pedestrian safety.

We’ll discuss this at our general meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 20 at 6:30 p.m. at Kaiser Town Hall. If you want to share your thoughts before then, email overlookna@gmail.com.

2) Help update OKNA’s bylaws

The Overlook Neighborhood Association’s bylaws are in need of an update. We’re looking for a few residents to serve on a Bylaws Review Committee to review our governing document and suggest changes. We hope residents will bring diverse views to this short-term project that should wrap up by summer.

If you’re interested in participating, send an email to chair@overlookneighborhood.org by Feb. 28 describing yourself and why you’re interested.

Any bylaws changes will go to the membership for a vote before adoption.

3) Trillium Charter School is enrolling students for fall

Trillium Charter School, which is located in the Overlook Neighborhood on Interstate Avenue, is enrolling students for its fall term. There’s no fee to apply and tuition is free.

Trillium serves 365 students in grades K-12. The school follows a democratic and constructivist curriculum and school model. They teach to the whole child, tailoring curriculum to individual interests and learning styles. If you walk into a classroom, you will not see desks lined up in rows, but tables set up for collaborative work and floor space for community-building circles.

Interested families should visit the school’s website to learn more about its programs and the enrollment process. If Trillium seems like a good fit, families are invited to attend an Open House for Prospective Families (RSVP on Facebook) on Feb. 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m. If you can’t attend or want to get a sneak peak, check out an the online admissions video.

4) Winter fruit tree pruning

Are you interested in learning how to prune fruit trees? Urban Forestry planted a demonstration orchard outside of their North Portland office in 2010. The orchard includes 55 diverse fruit and nut trees, from the traditional apples, pears and cherries to paw paws, persimmons, jujubes, mulberries and medlars. These young trees are now ready for their winter pruning.

Volunteer groups will be guided by an ISA Certified Arborist and Urban Forestry staff. You will learn the difference between the types of fruit tree pruning — such as open vase and central leader. This is a great opportunity for beginners or a chance to sharpen your skills.

Advanced registration is required and limited to 20 volunteers. They recommend long pants and long sleeves, sturdy shoes and rain gear. Instruction, tools, gloves, coffee, water and snacks will be provided.

Register online. Contact Patrick Key Patrick.Key@portlandoregon.gov at with questions.

5) Become a stormwater star

This winter might have been on the dry side, but Portland still gets plenty of rain. What happens to that rain when it falls in your yard is up to you. At upcoming stormwater workshops, attendees will learn to manage the rain that falls around their home, work with fellow community members and improve local water quality.

The annual Stormwater Stars workshop series offers free stormwater management instruction and resources to Portland-area residents, practicing skills such as native plant landscaping, erosion control, runoff water reduction, soil amendment/restoration, installation of permeable pathways, sod removal and more. 2018 workshop dates are Feb 24, March 10, March 18, April 8.

Sign up today at swni.org/stormwater or contact Lorena O’Neill at stormwater@swni.org for more information.

6) Do you know a North Portland hero?

Celebrate North Portland is looking for nominations for their annual awards ceremony. This event was created to celebrate and recognize the many amazing individuals who make North Portland such a great place to live and work. If you know of an individual, nonprofit, or business that has gone above and beyond this last year you can nominate them for an award by clicking here.

7) Don’t forget to pay the arts tax

It’s tax season again, and most Portland residents owe the city of Portland $35 each to fund arts programs. Don’t forget to pay the arts tax online by April 17 to avoid a penalty. Portlanders who are younger than 18, whose household income is at or below the federal poverty level, or who had less than $1,000 income qualify for an exemption.

File and pay online here.

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Overlook Neighborhood Update (Feb. 3)

1) OKNA board meeting (Tuesday)
2) Preschool nature walks
3) Big Backyard nature photography contest
4) Spring yard and garden workshops
5) Qualify for a full college scholarship as a caddie
6) Bottle and can returns have changed


1) OKNA board meeting (Tuesday)

The Overlook Neighborhood Association Board will meet on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Historic Overlook House. Topics on the agenda include air quality, bylaws revision, presentations at the general meeting and more.

2) Preschool nature walks

Would you like your young kids to know about the natural world in Portland? The Parks and Recreation Department’s Environmental Education division offers Ladybug Nature Walks for children ages 2-6 at different Portland Parks. Walks take place on Thursday and Friday mornings at 10 and last about an hour. Each child who participates gets to borrow a little ladybug backpack containing a few simple tools for the walk. No pre-registration required – just meet at the designated meeting spot. Walks cost $3-8/child (sliding scale).

This year, walks at certain sites will be offered in both English and Spanish. At these sites Parks will have a Spanish-speaking naturalist ready to work with participating families.

Walks are coming up in February, March and April in nearby neighborhoods (map). View the entire schedule here (Spanish version of schedule).

3) Big Backyard nature photography contest

Win an annual parks pass, an overnight camping trip at Oxbow Regional Park, a tennis court session, or a round of golf for four people including cart at Glendoveer Golf and Tennis Center in the Our Big Backyard photo contest, part of Metro’s quarterly parks and nature magazine.

Submit a photo taken at a park or natural area in the greater Portland metro region, from Forest Grove in the west to the Sandy River in the east to Wilsonville in the south. (For example, the Columbia River Gorge and the Oregon Coast are not considered part of greater Portland.) The photo can be of your friends and family exploring nature, a view of wildlife or a beautiful sunset, for example.

Include a description of your experience in a 50-word caption. Where were you? What were you doing? What captured your attention? Please also include your full name.

The winner will appear on the back cover of the spring 2018 issue of Our Big Backyard.

No digitally altered photos, please. By submitting a photo, you consent to Metro’s future use and publication of your photo. One entry per person per contest. Metro employees are not eligible to enter.

Send your picture and description by Feb. 15 to ourbigbackyard@oregonmetro.gov.

4) Spring yard and garden workshops

Looking to dig up fresh ideas for your yard? East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District has you covered. Attend a free workshop this spring. You’ll discover simple steps to creating an attractive, low-maintenance landscape that attracts beneficial wildlife, conserves water and reduces pollution.

These workshops are perfect for all levels of do-it-yourselfers and make it easy to create the yard you want. Both weekend and weeknight options available.

See the full catalog of classes, many of them in North and Northeast Portland.

5) Qualify for a full college scholarship as a caddie

Portland Parks & Recreation and the EAGLE (Early Adventures in Golf for a Lifetime of Enjoyment) caddie program seek high school student applicants for a unique internship – one which could result in a full college scholarship to the University of Oregon. The EAGLE program is a partnership between Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R), the Western Golf Association, and public high schools located within the city of Portland. The program works by introducing students to all aspects of golf course operation through paid work and instruction. Qualified students are paid an hourly wage, receive work credit hours and have a mentor who monitors their progress. In addition, scholarship opportunities valued at more than $100,000 over four years are possible through the program.

A history of or current interest in the game of golf is not required. EAGLE students successfully completing the program become eligible to apply and compete for an Evans Scholarships during their senior year of high school. This scholarship provides college tuition and housing at the University of Oregon and may be renewed for up to four years.

PP&R’s EAGLE caddie program is accepting applications from qualified freshmen currently enrolled at high schools located within the City of Portland. The deadline for applications is April 6.

Students interested in joining the EAGLE Program should contact Portland Parks & Recreation’s Carolyn Lee at carolyn.lee@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-5076.

The deadline for applications is April 6, 2018.

Learn more about the program, including eligibility requirements.

6) Bottle and can returns have changed

If you haven’t been keeping up with the options to redeem containers since the deposit increased to 10 cents each, you might be surprised how easy it’s gotten. You no longer have to spend time feeding bottles and cans one-at-at-time into machines at the grocery store. Now you have options to drop off a bag full of your deposit containers.

You paid the deposit and you are entitled to a refund under Oregon law. Find out how to get it easily by clicking here.

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